A Viennese Whirl

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The Fizz @ 50 series

A series of fifty short pieces for double bass and piano from composers throughout the world, instigated by David Heyes to celebrate his 50th birthday. Each composer received a bottle of champagne (Fizz) as payment.


Humphrey Clucas has a proven track record when writing for the double bass, producing a range of enjoyable, eclectic and accessible pieces for the intermediate bassist.

A Viennese Whirl was completed in July 2011 and the composer writes: 'It amused me to write a whirling waltz, in the Lehar tradition, for an instrument perhaps not associated with such things. I nearly called it 'A Viennese Elephant' - but Saint-Saens had been there first.'

A Viennese Whirl was premiered at Wells Cathedral School (Somerset) on 26 February 2012.


Humphrey Clucas was born in 1941 and read English at King's College, Cambridge, where he was also a Choral Scholar. Having taught English for twenty-seven years he subsequently became a Lay Vicar at Westminster Abbey but is now retired.

As a composer he is self taught, and although he is well-known for a set of Anglican Responses written as an undergraduate, almost all his serious music has been written over the last twenty-five years. He has a growing reputation as a choral composer and has produced an impressive and steady stream of choral works, both sacred and secular, alongside much instrumental music. He has written works for Cathedrals in Chichester, Guildford, Salisbury and Winchester, as well as for King's College, Cambridge, Southwell Minster and Westminster Abbey.

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Cat No. RM462
Supplier Code RM462
Price £6.00
ComposerHumphrey Clucas
CategoryDouble Bass & Piano
SeriesFizz @ 50
Difficulty level5 - 6
ISMN 979-0-57045-462-4
EAN-13 9790570454624
Weight 66 grams
Published 11th April 2012
Availability 10 in stock
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